Sat. Sep 18th, 2021


In many ways, the rising anger in response to the death of 33-year-old Sarah Everard is nothing new, says Yvonne Roberts, a reporter who has been covering violence against women for some 50 years. She tells Anushka Asthana that when police reportedly asked women to stay indoors after the disappearance of Everard in south London, she was reminded of the police response to the 1977 Yorkshire Ripper killings.

Roberts’ extensive work on this subject is part of what led her to help launch a campaign by the Observer to end femicide. Defined as the killing of a woman by a man, femicide includes women killed by strangers as well as by family members or partners.

Amy-Leanne Stringfellow falls into that second category. In June, the 26-year-old was brutally killed by her partner Terence Papworth in Doncaster. The Guardian’s north of England editor, Helen Pidd, explains why Stringfellow’s family remain convinced that in the weeks before her death the police could have – and should have – done more to protect her.

Archive: Yorkshire TV, House of Commons

The family of Amy-Leanne Stringfellow

Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian

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